The death penalty is one of the top ten controversial topics of 2014. With the possibility of someone being innocent but getting sentenced to death, the death penalty should be banned completely. Thirty states, including Pennsylvania, use the death penalty while it's banned from Alaska, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Vermont, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. In the past forty-one years 144 people were proven innocent after being sentenced to the death penalty and they were released. Just since 1976, 1,373 people have been sentenced.